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File Clerks

Other names for this job might include Admissions Clerk, Blueprint Clerk, Brand Recorder, Card Filer, Claims Clerk, Classification Clerk, Clerk, Computer Aide, Computer Tape Librarian, Credit Card Clerk

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How Much Do File Clerks Make In 2018

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Average salary

Annual salary
$31260 per year

Hourly wage
$15.030 per hour

One of the most popular questions we get from our readers here at OwlGuru is how much do File Clerks make per year and what is their hourly wage.

According to BLS, the average annual salary of File Clerks is $31260. Their salary can also be as low as $19830 if you’re still a newbie with no experience to over $47410 if you have a ton of experience under your belt.

The typical hourly pay is $15.030 and can range from $9.530 to $22.790 which also depends if you’re a newbie or a professional.

Just like any other job, the salary of A File Clerk will vary based on your education and experience level.

# = Over $100 per hour or $200,000 per year.
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After comparing how much do File Clerks make with other careers, they have a salary rank of D.

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Salary range

Highest (Top 10%)$22.790$47410
Senior (Top 25%)$17.850$37130
Middle (Mid 50%)$13.990$29090
Junior (Bottom 25%)$11.140$23170
No experience (Bottom 10%)$9.530$19830

Entry-level File Clerks who starts out at $23170 can expect to make $29090 after 3-5 years of experience in the field.

The bottom 10% makes less than $9.530 per hour while the top 10% makes over $22.790 per hour.

While the median wage is $29090 per annum or $13.990 per hour.

Depending on who you work for, you might also get overtime pay.

# = Over $100 per hour or $200,000 per year.

Highest paying industries

Industry nameHourly wageAnnual salary
Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution23.949710
Wired Telecommunications Carriers22.9947820
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing19.640760
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations19.4640470
Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)19.1939920
Grantmaking and Giving Services19.0239560
Natural Gas Distribution18.7238940
Basic Chemical Manufacturing18.1637780
Scientific Research and Development Services18.0937630
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing18.0337500
Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences18.0237470
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing17.7136830
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals17.7136830
Food Services and Drinking Places17.5836570
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing17.5336450
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing17.3936180
Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services17.3836160
Restaurants and Other Eating Places17.3436070
State government, including schools and hospitals17.3136010
Paper Manufacturing17.1135580
Engineering Services16.9135170
Waste Management and Remediation Services16.6834700
Machinery Manufacturing16.6634650
Federal, State, and Local Government16.6434610
Federal, State, and Local Government, excluding state and local schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service16.6434610
Chemical Manufacturing16.6234570
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing16.634540
Remediation and Other Waste Management Services16.4834280
Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospitals, and the US Postal Service16.2833860
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, State government owned16.1833640
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals16.1733640
Educational Support Services, Privately owned16.1233520
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing16.0933460
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Privately owned16.0133310
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing16.0133290
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, State government owned1633270
Elementary and Secondary Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)15.9733210
Educational Support Services (including private, state, and local government schools)15.9533180
Elementary and Secondary Schools, Local government owned15.9433160
Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations15.9433160
Hospitals, State government owned15.9333140
Educational Services, State government owned15.933070
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing15.8933050
Funds, Trusts, and Other Financial Vehicles15.8933050
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing15.8833020
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services15.8733010
Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries15.8632980
Motion Picture and Video Industries15.8632980
Management of Companies and Enterprises15.8232910
Local government, including schools and hospitals15.8232910
Plastics Product Manufacturing15.832860
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing15.7932840
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing15.7232700
Communications Equipment Manufacturing15.6732600
Support Activities for Air Transportation15.6732590
Educational Services, Local government owned15.6332520
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)15.6132480
Publishing Industries (except Internet)15.632450
Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers15.5932430
Educational Services (including private, state, and local government schools)15.432040
Accommodation and Food Services15.3231870
Scheduled Air Transportation15.3231860
Colleges, universities, and professional schools, Privately owned15.3231860
Oil and Gas Extraction15.2231660
Social Advocacy Organizations15.2231660
Television Broadcasting15.2131650
Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses15.1931590
Broadcasting (except Internet)15.1731560
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing15.1631530
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services15.1431480
Air Transportation15.0831370
Activities Related to Credit Intermediation15.0631330
Junior colleges, Local government owned15.0331260
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals, State government owned15.0231230
Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)14.9831160
Educational Services, Privately owned14.9731140
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers14.9131020
Radio and Television Broadcasting14.8930960
Nursing Care Facilities (Skilled Nursing Facilities)14.8730930
Junior colleges, State government owned14.8730920
Computer Systems Design and Related Services14.8530880
Junior colleges, Privately owned14.8430870
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage14.8330850
Insurance Carriers14.8230820
Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers14.8130800
Other Insurance Related Activities14.830790
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing14.7630700
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing14.7630700
Miscellaneous Manufacturing14.7230620
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing14.7130600
Other Nondepository Credit Intermediation14.730580
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing14.6830540
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)14.6830530
Specialty hospitals, Privately owned14.5730300
Ship and Boat Building14.5530260
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services14.5530260
Food Manufacturing14.4830110
All Other Ambulatory Health Care Services14.4830110
Other Support Services14.4530060
Nondepository Credit Intermediation14.3929930
Legal Services14.3829900
Nonstore Retailers14.3629860
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Privately owned14.3329800
Hospitals, Privately owned14.3229790
Office Administrative Services14.2829710
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)14.2729680
Other Information Services14.2629670
All industries14.1929510
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities14.1829490
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services14.1729480
Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)14.1529430
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)14.1429410
Nursing and Residential Care Facilities14.1429410
Nonscheduled Air Transportation14.1429400
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly14.1129350
Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers14.0829280
Child Day Care Services14.0729270
Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers14.0429200
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers14.0329190
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities1429120
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing1429110
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing1429110
Testing Laboratories13.9929110
Warehousing and Storage13.9929100
Traveler Accommodation13.9929100
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing13.9829080
Other Financial Investment Activities13.9729050
Telephone Call Centers13.9529010
Finance and Insurance13.9429000
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services13.8928900
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)13.8828870
Casino Hotels13.8828870
Nonresidential Building Construction13.8728840
Sector 56- Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services13.8528800
Grocery Stores13.8428780
Insurance Carriers and Related Activities13.8428780
Administrative and Support Services13.8428780
Employment Services13.8128720
Business Support Services13.7828650
Facilities Support Services13.7728640
All industries, private ownership only13.7528610
Direct Selling Establishments13.7528600
Food and Beverage Stores13.7528590
Landscaping Services13.7428590
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions13.7328550
Depository Credit Intermediation13.7228540
Furniture and Home Furnishing Merchant Wholesalers13.6828460
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals, Privately owned13.5628200
Miscellaneous Store Retailers13.5528190
Services to Buildings and Dwellings13.5428170
Support Activities for Road Transportation13.5328140
Construction of Buildings13.528080
Travel Agencies13.528080
Transportation and Warehousing13.4828050
Rental and Leasing Services13.4928050
Apparel Manufacturing13.4628000
Lessors of Real Estate13.4127900
Technical and Trade Schools (including private, state, and local government schools)13.4227900
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training (including private, state, and local government schools)13.3727810
Business schools and computer and management training - Privately owned13.3727810
Technical and trade schools, Privately owned13.3527760
Travel Arrangement and Reservation Services13.3227700
Support Activities for Transportation13.3127680
Utility System Construction13.327670
Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods13.2327510
Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods13.2227500
Home Health Care Services13.0527150
Wholesale Trade13.0327110
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories13.0227080
Residential Building Construction12.9927030
Outpatient Care Centers1327030
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities12.9827000
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services12.9726970
Other Personal Services12.9226870
Other Schools and Instruction (including private, state, and local government schools)12.926840
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing12.8826780
Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers12.8626750
Specialized Design Services12.8226660
Other schools and instruction, Privately owned12.8126650
Forestry and Logging12.826620
Freight Transportation Arrangement12.7926610
Security Systems Services12.7926600
Other Motor Vehicle Dealers12.7426500
Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers12.7426490
Individual and Family Services12.7226450
Drycleaning and Laundry Services12.7126440
Support Activities for Crop Production12.726420
Social Assistance12.726420
General Freight Trucking12.726410
Hospitals, Local government owned12.726410
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals, Local government owned12.726410
Printing and Related Support Activities12.6626340
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting12.6626330
Health Care and Social Assistance (including private, state, and local government hospitals)12.6626330
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation12.6526310
Support Activities for Agriculture and Forestry12.6426290
Death Care Services12.6426290
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services12.6326260
Offices of Real Estate Agents and Brokers12.6126240
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries12.6126220
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing12.626210
Vocational Rehabilitation Services12.5726140
Newspaper Publishers12.5626120
Truck Transportation12.5326070
Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers12.5226050
Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction12.5226030
Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers12.4725940
Personal and Laundry Services12.4725930
Residential Mental Health and Substance Abuse Facilities12.4325850
Amusement, Gambling, and Recreation Industries12.4125810
Real Estate12.3925770
Investigation and Security Services12.3725730
Electrical Contractors and Other Wiring Installation Contractors12.3625720
Consumer Goods Rental12.3425660
Retail Trade12.2825540
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works)12.2725530
Pharmacies and Drug Stores12.1825330
Building Material and Supplies Dealers12.1725310
Gambling Industries12.1625300
Furniture Stores12.1625280
Building Material and Garden Equipment and Supplies Dealers12.1525270
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages12.1525270
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing12.1325230
Ambulatory Health Care Services12.1125180
Offices of Physicians12.1125180
Building Equipment Contractors12.0825120
Specialized Freight Trucking12.0325030
Offices of Mental Health Practitioners (except Physicians)11.9124770
Investigation, Guard, and Armored Car Services11.8624660
Other Specialty Trade Contractors11.8524650
Offices of Optometrists11.8324620
Support Activities for Mining11.8224580
Specialty Trade Contractors11.8224580
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries11.8124560
Activities Related to Real Estate11.824540
Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors11.7924520
Foundation, Structure, and Building Exterior Contractors11.7824500
Automotive Equipment Rental and Leasing11.7724490
Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers11.7624460
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities11.7224370
Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers11.6924320
Services for the Elderly and Persons with Disabilities11.6824300
Automobile Dealers11.6724270
Religious Organizations11.6524230
Health and Personal Care Stores11.624140
Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers11.624130
Civic and Social Organizations11.5924100
Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores11.5624050
Roofing Contractors11.4923900
Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers11.3923680
Furniture and Home Furnishings Stores11.3923680
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing11.3523620
Offices of Other Health Practitioners11.3423590
Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists11.2923480
Building Finishing Contractors11.1223120
Ambulance Services11.0623000
Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers10.9722830
Offices of Chiropractors10.9722810
Petroleum and Petroleum Products Merchant Wholesalers10.9222710
Offices of All Other Health Practitioners10.922670
Specialty Food Stores10.7722410
Offices of Dentists10.6722190
Sporting Goods, Hobby, Musical Instrument, and Book Stores10.6622160
Sporting Goods, Hobby, and Musical Instrument Stores10.6622160
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability Facilities10.6122080
Clothing and Clothing Accessories Stores10.622040
Personal Care Services10.5621970
Community Food and Housing, and Emergency and Other Relief Services10.5521950
Home Furnishings Stores10.2621350
Electronics and Appliance Stores10.2621330
Metal and Mineral (except Petroleum) Merchant Wholesalers10.2521310
Exterminating and Pest Control Services10.2421300
Veterinary Services9.9920790
Repair and Maintenance9.9720730
Automotive Repair and Maintenance9.6320030
Automotive Mechanical and Electrical Repair and Maintenance9.4319620

Not all industries pay the same for File Clerks.

One of the easiest way to increase your salary is to change industries and find a higher paying one.

Highest paying states


Another simple way to boost your pay as A File Clerk is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like DC doesn’t mean you will make more overall. This is because the expenses at DC may be 2x higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to the BLS, the highest paid / most successful File Clerks are in the states of DC, RI, MO, OR and AZ. The average salary in DC is $45600.

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Rank: B
Salary: $35560

They compile data, compute fees and charges, and prepare invoices for billing purposes. Duties include computing costs and calculating rates for goods, services, and shipment of goods; posting data; and keeping other relevant records. May involve use of computer or typewriter, calculator, and adding and bookkeeping machines.
Rank: C+
Salary: $38070

They compute, classify, and record numerical data to keep financial records complete. Perform any combination of routine calculating, posting, and verifying duties to obtain primary financial data for use in maintaining accounting records. May also check the accuracy of figures, calculations, and postings pertaining to business transactions recorded by other workers.
Rank: C+
Salary: $45670

They perform secretarial duties using legal terminology, procedures, and documents. Prepare legal papers and correspondence, such as summonses, complaints, motions, and subpoenas. May also assist with legal research.
Rank: B+
Salary: $38860

They compile, process, and maintain medical records of hospital and clinic patients in a manner consistent with medical, administrative, ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements of the health care system. Process, maintain, compile, and report patient information for health requirements and standards in a manner consistent with the healthcare industry’s numerical coding system.
Rank: C
Salary: $27830

They answer inquiries and provide information to the general public, customers, visitors, and other interested parties regarding activities conducted at establishment and location of departments, offices, and employees within the organization.

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